Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Memorization Part I

Below are the taped results of our first two weeks of memory work this summer. 

If it seems we have an extremely "American" theme going on-- it was not entirely intentional. It is true however, that living outside of the American school system means we get a little behind on some of the standards, like the Pledge of Allegiance. Before we left for China, I remember a friend who grew up overseas telling me about her experience. Often as an American abroad, you can feel a little gun-shy to be to overtly "American" because as you quickly realize, most of the world either sees you as obnoxious, ethnocentric, ignorant, or all of the above. Or even if you don't have that experience, when you are surrounded by a host of other nationalities, you want to be accomodating and interested, not caught up purely in the nuances and traditions of your own home country. But, my friend noted, that in her parents attempt not to be obnoxious and over-the-top about their American-ness, they failed to pass on down to her some of the basics every citizen usually knows. Things like the Pledge of Allegiance, or the names of the States, or the song about the Presidents. So make sure your kids know that stuff, is what she told me. And I can see the sense in it.

The other thing I want to say is that iMovie is just way too much fun. I could get locked in a closet for the summer and possibly never come out if I had that nifty little program all to myself. Pure genius.

Without further ado... I bring you Summer 2012 Memorization Bonanza, Part I. Enjoy!


  1. is ari wearing an australia shirt as he says the pledge?

    love your kids!

  2. Love it! We use Sonlight and my oldest is supposed to learn the Gettysburg Address this year - either that or parts of MLKs I have a dream speech. I would like her to learn both - she doesn't want to learn either. We moved to Brazil in September and she would rather learn Scripture in Portuguese. I'll show her your son reciting the Gettysburg Address and see if that encourages her. Thanks for posting!

  3. I love this so much. I love seeing your kids personalities. They are so beautiful-- like their mommy (okay, and daddy.)